Alexa Koenig

Alexa Koenig is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center (winner of the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions) and a lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches classes on human rights and international criminal law with a particular focus on the impact of emerging technologies on human rights practice. She co-founded the Human Rights Center Investigations Lab, which trains students and professionals to use social media and other digital content to strengthen human rights advocacy and accountability. Alexa is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Committee on Scientific Freedom and Responsibility, co-chair of the International Bar Association’s Technology and Human Rights working group, and a member and co-administrator of the Technology Advisory Board for the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor. Earlier this year, the book she edited with two colleagues–“Digital Witness: Using Open Source Information for Human Rights Investigation, Documentation and Accountability”–was published by Oxford University Press, and quickly hit number one new release in multiple categories on Amazon. She was also a driving force between the development of the Berkeley Protocol on Digital Open Source Investigations, which the Human Rights Center co-published with the United Nations Human Rights Office on December 1, setting international standards for using social media content and other online information for human rights and war crimes investigations. Alexa has been honored with several awards for her work, including the UNA-SF’s Global Human Rights Award, the Eleanor Swift Award for Public Service, and the Mark Bingham Award for Excellence, as well as identified by Harvard Law School as a 2020 Woman Inspiring Change.

Posts by Alexa Koenig

Internet Sleuthing 2.0: Standards for Digital Open Source Investigations

Author and human rights advocate Alexa Koenig explains how the Berkeley Protocol will empower the next generation of human rights defenders.

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